The Seward County Saints opened their 2022-23 season by rallying past the Trinidad State Trojans 106-94 Tuesday night in the Green House. Trinidad State, who played in the NJCAA Tournament last year, led by as many as 13 in the first half and led 51-45 at the half. The Saints outscored the Trojans 61-43 in the second half holding TJC to under 30 percent shooting in the second half.
The Saints jumped out to an early 23-18 lead. Trinidad responded by taking a 43-30 lead with 3:05 to play in the half. It was 51-45 Trojans at halftime. The Saints took a 76-74 lead with 7:50 to play. Seward’s depth seemed to wear down Trinidad late as the Trojans consistently misfired late. Seward led 82-79 with 5:55 to play. Seward’s first somewhat comfortable lead was 93-85 with 3:16 remaining. Seward finally led by double digits 104-93 with 43 seconds left.
The Saints shot 49 percent for the game and 51 percent in the second half. Trinidad shot 38 percent. Seward won despite 24 turnovers and the Trojans committed 22 turnovers. Seward out rebounded Trinidad 44-30. Jaylin Henderson turned in a career high 22 points with six rebounds, five assist, and four steals. Blessin Kimble had 20 points and 14 rebounds. Wilson Dubinsky had 18 points. Mario Whitley added 13. Daeyon James had 10.
Seward plays at Trinidad State Tuesday at 8pm CST with Saints Shootaround at 7:45 on 107.5.
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